Thiruvananthapuram: Local self-government minister K T Jaleel has sent a letter to the Chief Minister, seeking to exempt Panchayat offices from Vigilance raids.

In his confidential letter, Jaleel said the Panchayat offices should be given immunity from the Vigilance examinations in March, the month during which maximum number of financial transactions take place.

It is learnt that this letter from Jaleel too led to the removal of Vigilance Director Jacob Thomas.

Jaleel’s letter comes at a time when a recent report revealed that Local self-governments (LSGs) in Kerala are topping the list of most corrupted government departments.

Jaleel, in his letter, pointed out that the panchayat officials are unable to focus on the project activities since they are forced to produce several documents and asked to comply with its directives by the Vigilance.

Therefore, Jaleel wants the government to prevent Vigilance from conducting searches in panchayat offices, against which no complaints are pending, till March 31. The CM has handed over the letter to the Vigilance Director.